Women Groups Africa
DAM is now celebrating 15 Years of 'Women Groups Africa'. DAM's initiative was created in 2004 to enable malaria control together with the economic growth of women. We translate our first plan into action to develop a special women's program with which we can effectively create and support women's groups. Stimulating and guiding women's groups is also one of the many answers to the solution of the malaria problem. Allowing women to discover how they can help themselves is an approach that leads to great successes in six DAM Project countries in Africa. While they were initially in a desperate powerlessness, they are now powerful pillars in society and play an indispensable role. They provide information and now treat their patients in the villages themselves. Thanks to our donors, we can give an average of 3,000 women a new chance every year.
Women are very grateful for this new opportunity. We make them women who are caregivers and entrepreneurs. Within dozens of DAM projects, we provide education, training and education in healthcare, with a good eye for women who were previously ignored in society. Most are illiterate and are therefore considered 'unimportant'. We are removing this destructive obstacle that stands in the way of women's prosperity and prosperity. Especially by educating women in poor and remote communities in the field of basic education, health care and certainly also the necessary entrepreneurship.
How 'Women Groups Africa' changes their lives - To strengthen the movement of women's groups in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Namibia, Congo, Angola and Zimbabwe, we are also moving beyond the 'malaria control zone'! But indirectly these two pillars touch each other with an investment of only 5 Euro per person. Successful women's groups are established with support and attention. Our teams bring the women together and help them organize and find the right way to increase the financial scope for now and for the future. By growing and saving money. In the first phase there are many questions that the women themselves have to answer. How do we choose our group leaders? Why do we meet? How do we save? What is the ultimate goal? What do we want to achieve? It is precisely when women find the answers to these questions together that it ensures not only a confident and close group, but also a group that serves a wider purpose than saving alone. Such a process requires patience and takes time. But the rewards that it will bear over time are worth the investment and patience. It changes their lives!
Informing and Guiding - DAM guides the women on how to set up their own group companies; such as making and selling lemonade, setting up hair & beauty shops, selling mosquito nets for a low amount ( which even increases proper use as a result!) and they each receive a starting capital of 5 euros . They also draw up a plan of approach. This is the first and also the only amount that is deployed from outside and which in the long run completely changes the lives of every woman. The amount is invested in products with which they build the group company. Naturally, we ensure that they are informed and supervised with the necessary attention and care.
Women manage themselves - These 'Economic Support Projects' are already achieving enormous successes. But these are certainly not credit-providing projects! They are concepts without repayments, repayment percentages, high interest rates, loans and without deductible. They are projects in which the women themselves have provided the total credit with which they increase the effectiveness of the women's groups and their activities. And through this they control themselves. The financial concept is owned by the women. It is self-help groups that manage their own money with flying colors. At the same time, the new flow of funds gives an enormous boost to the development of the village and is a huge boost for the entire region where they live. In addition, the groups continue to organize themselves to strengthen their position. Often ten to fifty groups in a village unite in a village organization. The different villages will then work together again.
Training for family health - During the women's meetings we provide training on 'Health within the family and beyond'. Especially in the most remote areas where our teams work, mostly without electricity or GSM coverage, there are no nurses. DAM provides basic training and teaches about the diseases that are very preventable and treatable. With the latest technology, women can be medically trained to save many human lives within their own communities. Many even grow to become local DAM care workers! We are very enthusiastic about the success of the women's groups. They are curious and dedicated. It is phenomenal how effectively and practically the often illiterate women work. The women are exceptionally driven because the groups release a lot of energy in them. Together they feel strong and do not hesitate for nothing.
With new technology they can now treat themselves - An important development is the RDT technology for various life-threatening diseases. This offers an excellent opportunity to use this method to trace and treat malaria. We provide detailed training programs on the use of RDT, treatment procedures and protocols. Over time we see a spectacular decline in malaria and other life-threatening diseases. The signs of the advance of women are excessive. In practice, this also means that they are not subordinate, dominated by third parties or completely controlled by others. They are becoming more and more independent. They are not weak women, on the leash of others, but strong women who have their own will. The poorest of the poor grow into a jewel full of wisdom, strength and meaning for the entire community.
Women are powerful pillars - RDTs, medication, and subsidies for setting up women's groups come from our donors. The women are visibly grateful for this support! If the starting phase has also been successfully completed, they are independent and self-sufficient. Thanks to our donors, we can give an average of 3,000 women a new chance every year. Whatever lens you look at it, women are an emerging force. We have always known that women are strong pillars in society, both as individuals and also as mothers, sisters, partners and spouses. With this program, Drive Against Malaria achieves an improvement in the health care of thousands and a reduction in the number of deaths - especially vulnerable groups such as young children and the elderly. They have come a long way and are now powerful pillars in society, a growing economy and are now treating their patients in the villages themselves. «